Esther Lin, MMA Fighting
This is the UFC on FOX 5 undercard live blog for the Henderson vs. Diaz event at the KeyArena in Seattle on Saturday night.
There will be seven fights on the undercard. Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens, Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton, Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor, Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez, Marcus LeVesseur vs. Abel Trujillo, Dennis Siver vs. Nam Phan, and Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert will be featured on the prelims.
Check out the UFC on FOX 5 undercard live blog below.
Yves Edwards vs. Jeremy Stephens
Round 1: Steve Newport is the man in charge of the action. Stephens lunges forward with a jumping front kick. Edwards ties up and loses his balance, briefly falling to the mat before standing. Stephens charges forwards with a pair of straight rights. Edwards blocks a head kick. Stephens misses with another jumping knee. Edwards floors Stephens with a short counter right hook. Stephens is out. Edwards tacks on a few heavy elbows for good measure and this one is over.
Yves Edwards def. Jeremy Stephens via TKO (strikes) at 1:55 of round 1.
Raphael Assuncao vs. Mike Easton
Round 1: Both fighters fight orthodox. Easton attempts a spinning back kick, but misses. He lands an outside leg kick and Assuncao returns the favor. Sharp right hand over the top from Easton and an inside leg kick. And now an outside leg kick. Right hand to the body for Easton, but Assuncao lands a nice left hook as Easton moves in. Easton's whiffed on a number of right hands, but is pressing forward. Assuncao shoots and tries to turn, but Easton stuffs it and lands a leg kick. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-10.
Round 2: Both fighters whiff on kicks and Assuncao lands a jab to the body. Both fighters then exchange leg kicks. Not as much activity thus far in the frame. Spinning wheel kick from Assuncao misses. Both fighters exchange outside leg kicks. Easton drives a right hand to the body and Assuncao and they two clinch up. A brief groin strike temporarily halts the action, but they restart. Right hand grazes for Easton. Easton shoots after a level change and is stuffed. Easton tries it again and is stuffed again. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Assuncao.
Round 3: Easton misses with a lunging hook, Assuncao answers with a loud kick to the body. Assuncao rushes in an ties up against the fence. Assuncao trips Easton to the mat but it's short-lived. Easton finds himself back against fence, and the boos start to rain down. Assuncao backs up, misses with a front kick and changes levels looking for single. More boos flood down to the Octagon. Easton leaps in but is thrown away by Assuncao. Ten seconds left and the crowd is not happy. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Assuncao.
Raphael Assuncao def. Mike Easton via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Ramsey Nijem vs. Joe Proctor
Round 1: Nijem starts the round off pressing Proctor into the fence, but not overly reaching for a takedon. Proctor defending with a front head lock as the two jockey for position. Nijem breaks free and the two trade hard shots, Nijem slightly getting the better of them. Some of jumping front kick lands for Nijem which puts Proctor on the mat. Nijem pounces and Proctor turns away, so Nijem takes the back. He's pouring shots on now, but Proctor is hanging on. Nijem uses farside wrist control to mount from Proctor's back, but Proctor briefly escapes before Nijem puts him right back down. Proctor granby rolls to stand and does. The two trade shots and Nijem gets rocked. Nijem goes base down, but Proctor holds him there with a front head lock. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nijem.
Round 2: Proctor lands a right straight and a left hook to start the frame. Nijem loaded up with a shovel punch left, but Proctor clips him with a short left on the way in. Charging right hand from Nijem finds the mark as Proctor backs up straight. More counter lefts from Prcotor land as Nijem throws wildly. Nijem finally gets Proctor to the mat and is working within Proctor's guard. Proctor sits up and slightly trips Nijem as he sits out. Now Proctor trying to lock up a standing guillotine, which he can't get but uses is to keep front headlock control. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Proctor.
Round 3: Nice right-body shot left fro Nijem to start things. Nijem gets the takedown and stuffs both an armbar and kimura attempt. Proctor is one on knee, but gives up his back and Nijem is landing small shots. Proctor tries to explode out, but that gives Nijem the double leg he wants and Proctor is on his back. Proctor tries to take Nijem's back and go for the armbar, but Nijem pulls out. Nijem works from on top for a time, then Proctor goes back to front head lock control. Both fighters stand and trade big shots in the middle. MMA Fighting scores this round 10-9 Nijem and the fight 29-27 Nijem.
Ramsey Nijem def. Joe Proctor via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Daron Cruickshank vs. Henry Martinez
Round 1: Anthony Hamlett is the man in charge. Martinez surges forward right from the start, pressing Cruickshank against the fence and working for single leg. He can't get it and Hamlett splits the fighters up. Cruickshank unloads with a volley of punches but Martinez wants none of it and reengages the clinch. Martinez steps back and unleashes a savlo, though nothing lands clean. Cruickshank answers back and we've got ourselves an ol' fashioned brawl. Martinez's face is leaking blood. Cruickshank connects and Martinez is hurt. Cruickshank charges forward with relentless string of kicks but somehow Martinez guts it out, to a huge roar of applause from the audience. One minute left in the first. Martinez eats another huge shot and he looks like he's out on his feet. Cruickshank rushes to finish but Martinez is back in this. Wow. The horn sounds and the crowd explodes. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Cruickshank.
Round 2: A battered Martinez catches a knee and clinches, but Cruickshank still finds his mark on the way out. Cruickshank is just teeing off. Martinez is tough, no question. Cruickshank presses forward, his shorts coated in blood. A monstrous head kick floors Martinez! He was out instantly. What a fight.
Daron Cruickshank def. Henry Martinez via KO (head kick) at 2:57 of round 2.
Marcus LeVesseur vs. Abel Trujillo
Round 1: LeVesseur immediately stumbles Trujillo with a leg kick before taking his back and nearly suplexing him to the mat. Trujillo defends and finds himself trapped up against the fence. LeVesseur drops low and works for a double leg. He can't get it. Trujillo squeezing in some elbows and knees, trying to create some distance. Referee Anthony Hamlett splits the fighters up. LeVesseur shoots back and this time he successfully drags Trujillo to the mat, if only briefly. LeVesseur grinding Trujillo against the fence and the boos start raining down. LeVesseur drops back down for a double while Trujillo slams elbows on his back and head, much to the crowd's approval. Both fighters are split up again. LeVesseur's face is a mess. The former wrestler charges back in, only to be dropped by a huge knee. LeVesseur survives the round but he's in bad shape. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Trujillo.
Round 2: Trujillo looking fresh, bouncing on his heels, while LeVesseur is flatfooted, his face swollen and bloodied. LeVesseur misses wildly and Trujillo capitalizes by taking his back and sinking in a deep choke. LeVesseur's head is turning a dark shade of purple, this one is in tight. LeVesseur stays patient and somehow survives, but is dropped again in the ensuing scramble. Incredible action here. Both fighters retake the center of the cage and LeVesseur looks much worse for wear. Trujillo lunges forward and connects with another hard shot. LeVesseur hazily tries to clinch but ends up on the mat. Trujillo starts unloading with knees to LeVesseur's midsection. The crowd is exploding with every one. That's it, Hamlett steps in. Brutal finish.
Abel Trujillo def. Marcus LeVesseur via TKO (knees to the body) at 3:56 of round 2.
Round 1: Referee Anthony Hamlett oversees the action. Siver finding his range with low kicks early. Phan blocks a head kick and responds with a straight left. Siver nearly connects with a right hand counter. Another Siver leg kick finds its mark, and another. Phan not checking any of these kicks to his lead leg. Siver starting to open up with combinations. Phan getting picked apart on the feet. Siver grabs a leg and briefly tosses Phan to the mat. Siver changes levels for a power double but Phan defends. Siver connects with another hard kick as the horn sounds. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Siver.
Round 2: Both fighters touch gloves to start round two. Siver the aggressor, picking up right where he left off. Phan slips a combination and stumbles Siver with a straight counter. Siver regains his footing and presses forward. Siver just misses with his trademark spinning back kick, before connecting with another kick and dragging Phan to the mat. Siver working from half guard, briefly traps Phan's right arm with his shin. Siver dominating position as Phan eats a salvo of hard right hands. Phan scrambles to no avail as Siver continues to rain down shots from the top. MMA Fighting scores it 10-9 for Siver.
Round 3: Thirty seconds in and Phan is already on his back following a brief exchange. Siver softens Phan up with a few right hands before nearly passing to mount. Phan defends but he's helpless from this position. Siver just brutalizing Phan's bloodied and swollen face with short punches and elbows. Another pair of elbows crush into Phan's skull and the TUF alum blearily gazes up at the clock. Phan clinging onto Siver's leg while the German postures up and continues to punish him. The crowd offers an appreciative round of applause as the one-sided round comes to a close. MMA Fighting scores it 10-8 for Siver.
Dennis Siver def. Nam Phan via unanimous decision (30-24, 30-25, 30-26)
Scott Jorgensen vs. John Albert
Round 1: Herb Dean is our referee. Albert pumps his jab, Jorgensen responds with a leg kick. The fight hits the mat and Jorgensen takes top position in a scramble. Jorgensen working from guard, Albert explodes and sweeps into top position. Jorgensen tries to stand and retakes control. Jorgensen planting a forearm across Albert's face, but quickly finds himself locked into a deep triangle choke. The crowd erupts, bad spot for Jorgensen early. Jorgensen sits up, escapes and takes a few heavy breaths before passing to side control. Jorgensen unloads a few elbows from the top. Albert tries to roll and Jorgensen takes his back. Time winding down on the clock, "Young Guns' looking for a rear-naked choke. And he has it! Albert taps out just as the horn sounds.
Scott Jorgensen def. John Albert via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:59 of round 1.
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